"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!": Adventures of a Curious Character: Adventures of a Curious Character

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jun 28, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography
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A New York Times bestseller—the outrageous exploits of one of this century's greatest scientific minds and a legendary American original.

Richard Feynman, winner of the Nobel Prize in physics, thrived on outrageous adventures. Here he recounts in his inimitable voice his experience trading ideas on atomic physics with Einstein and Bohr and ideas on gambling with Nick the Greek; cracking the uncrackable safes guarding the most deeply held nuclear secrets; accompanying a ballet on his bongo drums; painting a naked female toreador. In short, here is Feynman's life in all its eccentric—a combustible mixture of high intelligence, unlimited curiosity, and raging chutzpah.

 

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I liked this book overall; it was interesting to hear firsthand from someone who collaborated on the Manhattan project and then lived through the decades afterward. He certainly was a smart, multi ... Read full review

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A fun autobiography that ends up being just a bunch of small, mostly entertaining stories. A lot of Feynman's stories are now legend (lockpicking all the safes in Los Alamos, being an accomplished ... Read full review

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Contents

He Fixes Radios by Thinking
15
String Beans
25
Latin or Italian? 42 CoiteiltS
45
The Chief Research Chemist of
53
THE PRINCETON YEARS 59 Part 2
59
Meeeeeeeeeee
66
Monster Minds
77
A Different Box of Tools
84
You Just Ask Them?
184
Lucky Numbers
192
O Americano Outra Vez
199
Man of a Thousand Tongues
220
An Offer You Must Refuse
232
Percent Solution
247
Thirteen Times
256
Is Electricity Fire?
279

The Amateur Scientist
91
FEYNMAN THE BOMB AND
99
Los Alamos from Below
107
Safecracker Meets Safecracker
137
Uncle Sam Doesnt Need You
159
FROM CORNELL TO CALTECH
165
Any Questions?
175
Judging Books by Their Covers
288
Alfred Nobels Other Mistake
303
Bringing Culture to the Physicists
313
Altered States
330
Cargo Cult Science
338
Index
347
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About the author (2010)

Richard P. Feynman was born in 1918 and grew up in Far Rockaway, New York. At the age of seventeen he entered MIT and in 1939 went to Princeton, then to Los Alamos, where he joined in the effort to build the atomic bomb. Following World War II he joined the physics faculty at Cornell, then went on to Caltech in 1951, where he taught until his death in 1988. He shared the Nobel Prize for physics in 1965, and served with distinction on the Shuttle Commission in 1986. A commemorative stamp in his name was issued by the U.S. Postal Service in 2005.

Ralph Leighton, Richard Feynman's great friend and collaborator, now lives in northern California.

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